Augusta University Medical Illustration Graduate Program

Augusta University Medical Illustration Graduate Program This page provides information about the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Augusta University, formerly Georgia Regents University and MCG.

Medical illustrators—and visual communicators in the health sciences in general—are essential for the continued growth and effectiveness of the healthcare system, from primary education to health care delivery. Medical illustrators and the work they do add impact and value to: • Primary education in the medical, dental, nursing, allied health, veterinary, and life sciences; • Continuing professional education; • Healthcare staff in-service training; • Risk management (informed consent, therapeutic compliance, etc.); • Patient satisfaction (patient education, behavioral counseling, health information, etc.); • Public health information and health promotion; • Healthcare services advertising and marketing; • Pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology advertising and marketing; and, • Research and development (product design and prototyping, grant proposals, research publications, patents and technology transfer, etc.) The program in medical illustration at the Augusta University, Formerly Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA has a well-earned reputation as a premier center for training visual communicators in the health sciences. It is one of just four accredited graduate programs in the world, and has been continuously accredited since 1967. In 2010, the program underwent comprehensive external review; it was recognized for academic excellence and granted continuing accreditation, through 2018. Since its inception in 1948, the department has graduated 350 highly accomplished medical illustrators. Our graduates have a long history of professional success and leadership in the field of visual communications in the health sciences. Thanks to a rich, comprehensive curriculum and an enthusiastic and creative faculty, our students receive awards and honors on an annual basis and are highly competitive in the job market. Inappropriate, offensive, injurious and illegal content may be removed by Augusta University employees identified as account administrators or at the direction of Communications and Marketing Staff.

Mission: To prepare medical illustrators to enter the profession.

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07/29/2019

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Congratulations to our students who received awards at the Association of Medical Illustrators Salon in Milwaukee! Zacha...
07/27/2019

Congratulations to our students who received awards at the Association of Medical Illustrators Salon in Milwaukee! Zachary Kevorkian (Class of ‘19) has received an Award of Merit in Didactic/Instructional - Anatomical/Pathological for “The Pediatric Inguinal Canal / Descent of the Testes and Cryptorchidism. Katharine Thompson (Class of ‘20) has received an Award of Merit in Didactic/Instructional - Surgical/Clinical Procedures for “Baerveldt Aqueous Shunt Insertion.” Weston DeWolff (Class of ‘20) has recieved an Award of Excellence for Didactic/Instructional -Surgical/Clinical Procedures for “Radical Nephrectomy Subcostal Approach.” Aaron Cole (Class of ‘19) has received an Award of Excellence in Didactic/Instructional - Molecular/Biological/Life Sciences for “Combating Insulin Deficiency in Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.” Tara Colquitt and Aimee Choi (Class of ‘19) have received an Award of Merit in Didactic/Instructional - Interactive for “3D Interactive Surgical Module for Orthognathic Osteotomies.” Congratulations to you all!

Our newest graduates, the Class of 2019: L>R, Aaron Cole, Tara Colquitt, Aimee Choi, Sam Nigro, Meghan Neace, Kyana Afsh...
05/11/2019

Our newest graduates, the Class of 2019: L>R, Aaron Cole, Tara Colquitt, Aimee Choi, Sam Nigro, Meghan Neace, Kyana Afshar, Zachary Kevorkian, Elizabeth DePace and Melissa Wallin Wallin. Congratulations!

05/09/2019
Join us today for the showcase today. Live on Facebook or in person at Augusta University Health Sciences Campus, Audito...
05/09/2019

Join us today for the showcase today. Live on Facebook or in person at Augusta University Health Sciences Campus, Auditoria Center. 2:00-4:00 PM

Announcing the 2019 Masters Showcase and the premiere of the completed Masters Projects by the Class of 2019. The Showcase will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Small Auditorium, BC-1030, in the Auditoria Center on the Health Sciences Campus of Augusta University. The event is open to the public.

During the College of Allied Health Sciences Alumni Banquet yesterday evening, April 27th, the Dept. of Medical Illustra...
04/28/2019

During the College of Allied Health Sciences Alumni Banquet yesterday evening, April 27th, the Dept. of Medical Illustration recognized... But first I'd like to tell you about Robert C. Benassi.

Bob was born and raised in Minnesota. He became a Sergeant in the US Army Air Corps during WWII, and earned 5 Bronze Stars for his service behind enemy lines. After the war he attended the University of Minnesota, earning an undergraduate degree and completing the prerequisites needed to enter the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at the Medical College of Georgia.

He matriculated at MCG in 1949. The following Spring, the Board of Regents approved the Master of Science in Medical Illustration degree—the first graduate degree at the university. Bob graduated a year later, in 1951.

Bob returned to Minneapolis to practice, working with such medical luminaries as Drs. Owen Wangensteen, C. Walton Lilihei, Jesse Edwards and John J. Wild. Bob later joined the illustration team at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. As Chief of the Medical Graphics Section from 1973 to 1989, Bob led the team to accomplish many significant advances in the field, including the becoming the first medical art unit to use computer graphics.

In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators. In 2015, the Dept. of Medical Illustration presented Bob, our first graduate, with our first Outstanding Alumni Award. After a rich and full life, Bob passed away in 2018.

At the banquet Bill Andrews, Chair of Medical Illustration, announced our alumni award will be known as the Robert C. Benassi Outstanding Alumni Award.

Bob's wife Anne could not be present for the awards ceremony, but she wants everyone to know that Bob would have been deeply honored by this announcement. And perhaps more importantly, of how proud and pleased he would be of the first recipient of the Robert C. Benassi Outstanding Alumni Award—Gillian F. Duncan.

Gillian earned a BFA from Tulane, and her MSMI from MCG in the Class of 1977. As a student here, she lived in Miss Bass’ boarding house, where the Sheppard Blood Center now stands. She is now a Certified Medical Illustrator and a Certified Clinical Anaplastologist. Anaplastologists create facial and somatic prosthetics for cancer, trauma and congenital malformation patients.

Gillian has practiced in both Europe and the US, and counts numerous world-renowned surgeons and international publishers among her clientele. She is a member of the Mayo Clinic Facial Transplant Team, and she is a clinical adjunct faculty in our department.

She has served in leadership roles in the:
• Gesellschaft für Chirurgische Prothetik und Epithetik
• Association of Medical Illustrators
• Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences
• Walter Spohn Educational Fund, and
• International Anaplastology Association.

Not only is she a gifted professional and a leader in multiple fields, she is exceptionally bright—after all she married a medical illustrator, Michael Belknap, Class of 1975. They were married in Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, on Walton Way, in 1977.

Gillian is a dedicated and generous alumna. In 2014, she and Michael opened their home to us for our annual alumni gathering. Gillian is also an amazing sculptress. She created a life-like bronze bust of Bob Benassi to celebrate his receipt of our inaugural alumni award in 2015.

It is a true honor to introduce you to the first recipient of the Robert C. Benassi Outstanding Alumni Award—Gillian F. Duncan.

Announcing the 2019 Masters Showcase and the premiere of the completed Masters Projects by the Class of 2019. The Showca...
04/25/2019

Announcing the 2019 Masters Showcase and the premiere of the completed Masters Projects by the Class of 2019. The Showcase will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Small Auditorium, BC-1030, in the Auditoria Center on the Health Sciences Campus of Augusta University. The event is open to the public.

Please join us in congratulating our student award winners at Graduate Research Day 2019. Sam Nigro, Class of 2019, has ...
04/25/2019

Please join us in congratulating our student award winners at Graduate Research Day 2019. Sam Nigro, Class of 2019, has received the Octavia Garlington Instructional Design Award – Poster for the scientific poster about her Masters Project, which is entitled “Patient Education Website Detailing Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy.” John Theisen, MD was Sam’s content advisor and Amanda Behr was the Major Advisor for her project. Christina Pecora, Class of 2018, has received the Educational Multimedia Award for her Masters Project entitled “An Interactive Platform to Enhance Knowledge and Understanding of Ovarian Neoplasm: A Pilot in Standardized Clerkship Training.” Erin Latiff, MD was Christina’s content advisor, Alexa Hryniuk, PhD was her technical advisor, and Bill Andrews was the Major Advisor for her project. To see a demonstration video of Christina's amazing project, visit https://www.christinapecora.com/e-learning.
The awards were presented at the Graduate Research Day Awards Banquet on the evening of Wednesday, April 24th, at the Kroc Center in Augusta, GA. Congratulations to all involved and especially to our outstanding students, Christina and Sam!

We are pleased to announce our student award recipients at the 2019 University of Georgia and Augusta University Scienti...
03/24/2019

We are pleased to announce our student award recipients at the 2019 University of Georgia and Augusta University Scientific and Medical Illustration Student Exhibition—
Sam Nigro, Class of 2019, received an Award of Merit for "Epiphyseal Sparing ACL Reconstruction," a surgical illustration in digital line.
Megan Ward, Class of 2020, received an Award of Merit for "Arches of the Foot," a didactic anatomical illustration.
Aaron Cole, Class of 2019, received an Award of Excellence for "Combating Insulin Deficiency in Diabetes Mellitus Type 2," a didactic poster.
Amanda Manowski, Class of 2020, received an The William J. Stenstrom Award of Excellence for "Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome," a patient education brochure.
The awards were presented at a reception in the Lamar Dodd School of Art on the University of Georgia campus on the evening of Wednesday, March 20th. Congratulations to all our talented students!

For our followers and fans—the upcoming O.A. Parkes Symposium & Student Exchange may be of special interest to you. Fo...
02/19/2019

For our followers and fans—the upcoming O.A. Parkes Symposium & Student Exchange may be of special interest to you. For our potential future students in the southeast, the Symposium offers a wonderful opportunity to visit Augusta and learn more about medical illustration and two accredited medical illustration graduate programs.

02/16/2019
I Am CDC - Alissa Eckert

We are very proud of graduate Alissa Eckert, now at the CDC!

I started at CDC in 2006, right out of graduate school. I work as a medical illustrator in the Division of Communication Services. As a biomedical artist in ...

01/22/2019

We are pleased to announce that the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has renewed the accreditation of our Medical Illustration Graduate Program here at Augusta University. We were the first program to become accredited, in 1967, and have been so ever since.

This is a reminder that the January 10 deadline for application to our Medical Illustration Graduate Program is fast app...
01/02/2019
MIGP Admissions

This is a reminder that the January 10 deadline for application to our Medical Illustration Graduate Program is fast approaching. Applications for the Class of 2019-2021 must be complete by January 10. Here's the link to the Admissions page on our website: https://www.augusta.edu/alliedhealth/medicalillustration/admissions.php#Admissions. For questions about the application or the admissions process, please contact Assoc. Professor Mike Jensen, Admissions Coordinator, at 706/721-3266 or [email protected].

Note: Entry into the Medical Illustration Graduate Program occurs only in the Fall semester.  Digital Portfolio Contents Form, Applicant Summary Form, Questionnaire and Instructions

Two of our grad students, Amanda Manowski and Elizabeth DePace, are spreading holiday cheer at the Children’s Hospital...
12/01/2018

Two of our grad students, Amanda Manowski and Elizabeth DePace, are spreading holiday cheer at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. They are part of the Flute Quartette started by Elizabeth. We are proud of our multi-talented students.

The flute quartet was excited to jump start this holiday season at the Children’s hospital. #26daysuntilchristmas

One of our talented professors—Michael Jensen—was recently featured in Augusta University's Alumni Magazine. Here's ...
11/13/2018
Secret Lives: Michael Jensen

One of our talented professors—Michael Jensen—was recently featured in Augusta University's Alumni Magazine. Here's a link to the story: http://magazines.augusta.edu/2018/09/28/secret-lives-michael-jensen/

Day job: Associate Professor, Medical Illustration Graduate program Secret life: Illustrator for Curious George books Chances are, you grew up reading the stories of a juvenile monkey who got into big trouble and had to be bailed out by a man who wore a yellow hat. For Michael Jensen, an associate

10/31/2018

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MIGP Alum Published in Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery – Global Open journalDavid Nahabedian, class of 2017 alumnus...
10/29/2018
Innervated Pedicled Gracilis Flap for Dynamic Abdominal... : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open

MIGP Alum Published in Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery – Global Open journal

David Nahabedian, class of 2017 alumnus, recently published work completed at Augusta University. David’s illustration was used in Dr. Tarik Mujadzic’s article titled “Innervated Pedicled Gracilis Flap for Dynamic Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.” The illustration visually describes Dr. Mujadzik’s innovative approach to abdominal wall reconstruction after tissue loss due to severe trauma using the gracilis flap. David was recognized as coauthor for his contribution. Awesome job, David!

Link to the article: https://journals.lww.com/prsgo/Abstract/latest/Innervated_Pedicled_Gracilis_Flap_for_Dynamic.98282.aspx

Find out how our program is tied to Curious George:  A great article about Associate Professor, Mike Jensen. http://maga...
10/18/2018
Secret Lives: Michael Jensen

Find out how our program is tied to Curious George:
A great article about Associate Professor, Mike Jensen. http://magazines.augusta.edu/2018/09/28/secret-lives-michael-jensen/

Day job: Associate Professor, Medical Illustration Graduate program Secret life: Illustrator for Curious George books Chances are, you grew up reading the stories of a juvenile monkey who got into big trouble and had to be bailed out by a man who wore a yellow hat. For Michael Jensen, an associate

Today was Family Day at Augusta University, and this afternoon we held our White Coat Ceremony to recognize the Class of...
09/23/2018

Today was Family Day at Augusta University, and this afternoon we held our White Coat Ceremony to recognize the Class of 2019 and to mark their passage from their junior year into their senior year. As Michael Jensen, Amanda Behr and I helped the students don their white coats, we were gratified to see so many family members and friends in the audience to help us celebrate these bright and talented students—Kyana Afshar, Aimee Choi, Aaron Cole, Tara Colquitt, Elizabeth DePace, Zachary Kevorkian, Meghan Neace, Sam Nigro and Melissa Wallin. Thanks to Mary Kimbrell, La Donna Butler, and members of the Class of 2020 for coordinating the event and making sure everything ran smoothly. Special thanks go out to Dr. Lester Pretlow, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, for making time in his busy day to join us in celebrating our students.

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09/13/2018

Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Join us for three days of great music, September 14-16 at Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. Five stages feature jazz, rock, cultural performances, hip-hop, spoken word, dance and more. Don’t miss African Drum group Soweto Street Beat, Dolojay, Livingroom Legends and more! Stage schedules and performers info available online at https://artsintheheartofaugusta.com/stage-schedule/
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Welcome to the Class of 2020! Today we celebrate the arrival of nine bright and talented new students. Over the next 21-...
08/15/2018

Welcome to the Class of 2020! Today we celebrate the arrival of nine bright and talented new students. Over the next 21-months they will experience the rich and unique educational experience that is the Medical Illustration Graduate Program here at Augusta University. The faculty, staff and senior students are delighted to welcome: Ben Brown, Anna DeMario, Weston DeWolff, Keri Jones, Amanda Manowski, Ryan Reed, Tori Rogers, Katharine Thompson, and Megan Ward.

Congratulations to MIGP Alumna, Carolyn Holmes (CO ‘90), on her term as President of the AMI!
07/26/2018

Congratulations to MIGP Alumna, Carolyn Holmes (CO ‘90), on her term as President of the AMI!

Inspiring opening message at #ami2018 from #AMI President Carolyn Holmes. To all members who have felt excluded: “without you, the AMI suffers.” #inclusion #diversity #medart

Our students, alumni, and faculty made and impression at the AMI meeting this past week in Newton, MA with multiple awar...
07/25/2018

Our students, alumni, and faculty made and impression at the AMI meeting this past week in Newton, MA with multiple awards and research presentations.

Current student Elizabeth DePace was honored with an Award of Excellence in the Student Didactic/Instructional-Surgical/Clinical Illustration Category for "Porcine Ovariohysterectomy.” Recent graduate, Danielle VanBrabant, was awarded an Award of Merit in the student Advertising and Marketing Illustration category for "Myocardial Infarction.”

Our AU faculty and alumni team was recognized for the animation, "Specimen Collection and Processing.” Elizabeth Shapiro (CO '14), Mike Jensen, Amanda Yarberry Behr, and Ali Ennis (CO '16) received an Award of Excellence in the Didactic Animation Category. Also, this animation was chosen for the top salon animation award, Member’s Choice Award for New Media. To see the work submitted to the salon, please visit the AMI online salon found at this link: http://meetings.ami.org/2018/onlinesalon/

Amanda Behr presented an oral presentation on the use of cost effective 3D printing for patient education and surgical simulation. Two of our students presented their research at the meeting during the poster session. Marci Lessman and Christina Pecora (CO ’18) presented their master’s projects during the poster session. They received Research Grants from the Vesalius Trust for their projects and were recognized at the meeting.

Congratulations to our students, faculty and alumni for all of your outstanding work! We are still counting the awards received by our alumni and will post an update soon.

Congratulations, to our Professor Bill Andrews, who was recognized with the AMI’s top honor, Lifetime Achievement Awar...
07/24/2018

Congratulations, to our Professor Bill Andrews, who was recognized with the AMI’s top honor, Lifetime Achievement Award. Given to a member who has impacted the profession of medical illustration through significant works of art and volunteerism. Augusta University Augusta University College of Allied Health Sciences The Graduate School at Augusta University

Shawn McLeod, one of our 2017 MIGP graduates, was recently published in the journal 'Implant Dentistry' for her contribu...
06/29/2018

Shawn McLeod, one of our 2017 MIGP graduates, was recently published in the journal 'Implant Dentistry' for her contributions to the article titled “Considerations for Incision and Flap Design with Implant Therapy in Esthetic Zone” written by lead author Lance Hutchens, DDS, MS. Shawn’s wonderful illustrations were done while a student at AU. They explain the different incision and flap designs discussed in the article. Great job, Shawn!

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